Kim Min-kyo

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Kim Min-kyo
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Born (1974-04-15) April 15, 1974 (age 44)
Medium Theatre, Stand-up, Television
Nationality South Korean
Years active1998-present
Genres Character, Sketch, Blue, Observational, Dramatic
SpouseLee So Young
Notable works and rolesCrew of Saturday Night Live Korea
Insolent Romance as Goo Bong-phil
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gim Min-gyo
McCune–Reischauer Kim Min-kyo

Kim Min-kyo (Hangul : 김민교, born April 15, 1974) is a South Korean actor and director. He is well known for a cast member ('crew') on the tvN entertainment show Saturday Night Live Korea .

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He has been performing as a stage actor on several Korean theatre plays, mainly in Daehangno for 20 years, and also working as a movie actor since 1998. [1] On early 2012, after hard years as a relatively unknown actor, he was strongly requested by his Seoul Institute of the Arts superior Jang Jin, who served as the creative director of a brand-new live comic variety TV programme Saturday Night Live Korea . He eventually joined this programme and has been performing since May 2012. Furthermore, from the beginning of SNL Korea's 3rd season in latter of 2012, with mentorship by high-profile comedian Shin Dong-yup, his popularity has skyrocketed. [2] During the show, he played a series of unexpected sexual characters, which led its viewers to misapprehend him as an LGBT member. [3]


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Insolent Romance

Prior to joining SNL Korea , he wrote and directed a Korean play called Want Night (달콤한 원나잇), which was later re-branded as Insolent Romance (발칙한 로맨스), a globally-successful Korean movie director Daniel Bong-phil Goo, who meets his first-ever loved female friend called Ma Soo-ji, who had married after he left to Hollywood of Los Angeles over a decade ago, which is not usually happened in Korean society but included Kim Min-kyo's own possible and imaginary situations. [7] During a winter season of 2012-2013, he acted a main character of this play, Goo Bong-phil (구봉필). This play has been co-worked with his Seoul Institute of the Arts colleague Kim Su-ro as his producer. Its commercial success in Daehangno led Kim Su-ro to make a series of launching authentic stage plays called Kim Su-ro Project (김수로 프로젝트), and this play marks the 1st product of the project. [8]

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Personal life

On January 2010, Kim Min-kyo married his long-time fan, who had dated him since 2005. [17] He, who holds several martial arts title including hapkido and taekwondo, is atheist, however, sometimes he jokes that his namesaked religion is "Min-Kyo", [18] which means that he believes in himself. [19]

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  2. Interview with Kim Min-kyo(Korean), Newsen, January 7, 2013, Retrieved on January 15, 2013
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  16. "G.NA - 예쁜 속옷 (G.NA's Secret)". YouTube. May 11, 2014.
  17. Actor Kim Min-kyo marries in January 2010, with a 10-year-younger female composer(Korean), Starnews, November 6, 2009, Retrieved on January 15, 2013.
  18. this Korean word 'Kyo'(교) means a religion itself, or its religious belief.
  19. Kim Min-kyo has a qualified Martial Arts master(Korean), tvdaily, May 1, 2013, Retrieved on June 9, 2013.